Just two weeks to go before we take the stage with Our Country’s Good and our production is warming up nicely…
We’ve had some setbacks – some props in storage got inadvertently thrown away, and it’s always difficult to get all 20 cast members together for a rehearsal. But after a month’s break in August we’ve hit the ground running this week and building towards first night.
Our four-night run at the Drill Hall begins on Wednesday 22nd September and the play promises to be a memorable night out. Costumes look wonderful – some are being hired from the RSC; everyone is getting to grips with the sparse sets and the many quickfire scene changes; live music and sound effects are adding an extra depth to rehearsals.
If you’re unfamiliar with the play Our Country’s Good tells the true story of a group of convicts in 18th-century Australia who are encouraged by their Governor to stage a production of Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer. In the face of great hostility and skepticism from some of the soldiers the play unites the convicts and unearths a hidden humanity within them.
As a metaphor for the redemptive power of theatre it’s hard to beat. It’s also by turns touching, funny and moving, and at the same time a fascinating piece of history brought to life on stage.
Our Country’s Good is being performed by the Lincoln Mystery Plays Company and tickets are available from Lincoln Drill Hall – email@example.com or 01522 873894.